#181: 450L Aquatic Garden: The Hidden Gate
Sylvain Van Waerebeke, Argenteuil France | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

I love this tank... until my eye gets pulled to the bare patch of gravel. It grabs the eye and doesn't want to let you move on. I think ti would improve the presentation tremendously if you allowed the Hemianthus to fill into this section too, and wander around your little "island".

Karen Randall

An interesting layout with effective use of various plant textures and colours. The open areas are well done but I find the sparse planting on the rock on the sand a little distracting. Some finer textures to the right would help to balance the aquascape further. Overall, it's very well done.

George Farmer

A focal point nicely enhanced by the sandy empty space around it. This is another reminder of how a void, an empty or negative space can serve as a powerful design aide.

Bob Vivian

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
150 x 50 x 60 cm (59 x 20 x 24 in)
450L (119 gallons)
288w fluorescent tubes
Internal filter with pump 1000 l/h + external filter 650 l/h
Additional Information
Homemade nutritive substrate - Tropica Aquacare+ - K2SO4 - ADA ECA
The Hidden Gate
Anubia barteri var. nana - Bacopa caroliniana - Bacopa monnieri - Blyxa japonica - Bolbitis heudelotii - Cryptocoryne undulata "red" - Eleocharis parvula - Glossostigma elatinoides - Hemianthus micranthemoides - Hygrophila polysperma "ceylon" - Micranthemum umbrosum - Microsorum pteropus "narrow leaves" - Microsorum pteropus "windelow" - Rotala rotundifolia - Rotala sp. green - Vesicularia dubyana
3 Apistogramma cacatuoides - 2 Crossocheilus siamensis - 20 Hemigrammus bleheri - 8 Phenacogrammus interruptus - 5 Pterophyllum scalare - Caridina multidentata - Neocaridina sp. "red cherry"
Dragon stone